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Dominican Colloquium announces presenters

11th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities

When: June 17–20, 2010

Where: Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida


The 11th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities has announced its presenters and sessions. The Dominican Colloquium offers college faculty members, students and professionals an opportunity to reflect on and discuss their Dominican heritage and current issues in Catholic Dominican higher education. The colloquium will be held June 17–20, 2010 at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Keynote speakers will be Margaret Ormond, OP, prioress, Dominican Sisters of Peace; and Jim Barnett, OP, Friends of God Dominican Ashram. Sister Margaret will offer the morning prayer/plenary session on Friday, June 18, and Brother Jim will offer the morning prayer/plenary session on Saturday, June 19.

Margaret Ormond, OP

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Sister Margaret attended Dominican Academy in Manhattan where she first met the Dominican Sisters and first thought about religious life.

She then went to Mary Mount Manhattan College and decided to enter the Dominican Order after two years of College. Sister Margaret finished her college education at St. Mary of the Springs College (now Ohio Dominican University) in Columbus, Ohio, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. From there, she studied in Rome, Italy at Angelicum University and received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology, followed by a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

Sister Margaret was the first Director of Dominican Sisters International in Rome and has traveled the world visiting Dominican Sisters serving on every continent. She has also ministered in seven African countries including: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Jim Barnett, OP

Jim Barnett is a member of the Central (Chicago) Province of St. Albert the Great. He claims that the most significant experience of his nearly 50 years as a Dominican was his time in the Central American countries of El Salvador and Honduras in the 1980s and 1990s. He was strongly influenced by the life and preaching of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and especially his pastoral insight of "accompaniment." In Salvador he was co-pastor of a community of 10,000 internal refugees, and experienced with them the reality of the Civil War, death threats and poverty. In Honduras, he worked with a team of Dominicans in the formation of lay preachers (Delegados de la Palabra), and with street people and children with HIV-AIDS during the epic of Huracane Mitch, sweat shops and human trafficking.

Jim has had a rich variety of ministries as a Dominican preacher—coordinator of the peace organization “Clergy and Laity Concerned," a prison chaplain, campus minister at three different state universities, involvement in Marriage Encounter and retreat movements for couples and families, and novice director for his province. He was recently part of a Christian-Muslim delegation to the Philippines, is a member of the "Iraq Coordinating Committee" and does occasional preaching for the "Christian Foundation for Children and Aging." He is presently living in the “Friends of God” Dominican ashram in Adrian, Michigan. His presentation for the Colloquium is based on the circumstances of that first community of Dominican friars in 1511, and the actual preaching of Antonio Montesinos.

Colloquium sessions will include "Designing for Sustainability and the Aquinas College Experience," "Missionary and Ministerial Influences of the Early Dominicans in the Americas," "A Compass, Not a Hindrance: The Dominican Charism and Institutional Change," "Bartolome de las Casas: Preaching the Gospel Today," "From a Spark to a Fire: How Dominican College of Blauvelt's First Alternative Spring Break to New Orleans Transformed a Current Alumna" and "Accessible Web Communication: Presenting the Dominican Mission in Contemporary Terms."

For more information on the colloquium, including a schedule of events and session descriptions, visit www.dominicancolloquium.com.